Witold Henisz

Witold Henisz, PhD

Vice Dean and Faculty Director, ESG Initiative; Deloitte & Touche Professor of Management in Honor of Russell E. Palmer, former Managing Partner

Research Interests:Political and social risk management; project management; ESG integration; stakeholder engagement

About Witold

Witold’s research, teaching, and consulting examines the management of political and social factors by multinational corporations with a special focus on their efforts to win the hearts and minds of external stakeholders. His research has been published in top-ranked journals in international business, management, international studies, and sociology. He is the author of the book Corporate Diplomacy: Building Reputations and Relationships with External Stakeholders. He has won multiple teaching awards and teaches extensively on the topic of corporate diplomacy in executive education programs at Wharton, Oxford Saïd’s Major Programme Management master’s program, and Stanford University’s Managing Global Initiatives program. He served as the academic co-director for the KEROVKA stakeholder engagement crisis simulation. He has authored numerous teaching cases highlighting the importance of managing stakeholder risks together with their financial and operational counterparts. He is currently a principal in the political risk management consultancy PRIMA LLC, whose clients span multinational firms (AngloGold Ashanti, Rio Tinto, Gabriel Resources, Shell Corporation, Eaton Vance, and Lockheed Martin), intergovernmental organizations (the International Finance Corporation), and non-governmental organizations (the World Wildlife Fund).

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Executive Education Programs Taught

Chief Technology Officer Program

This immersive, nine-month experience teaches Chief Technology Officers and other senior-level IT leaders how to become more strategic partners with other operating units within their organization and determine efficient ways to scale their company’s technology infrastructure. The rigorous curriculum includes interactive online sessions and on-campus electives and offers a path to alumni status for qualified individuals.

Corporate Governance: Essentials for a New Business Era

Acquire critical management tools and gain new insight into the duties and nuances of board service. Learn how to forge partnerships with company officers to strengthen financial return, conduct better enterprise risk management, and achieve governance diversity during these complex times.

Wharton ESG Essentials 

Academic Director

Go beyond the headlines, tackle real-time challenges, and gain the clarity to not just understand the impacts of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors but to strategically harness them. Gain the tactical competencies needed to successfully link ESG to profit and loss statements, create a solid risk-management plan, and adopt proven best practices rooted in research.

Wharton ESG Executive Certificate for Senior Leaders

Navigate mounting ESG complexities for senior business leaders. This certificate program provides a practical mix of insights for c-suite and board members to lead the way in ESG innovation and transformation. This advanced certificate is designed to quickly catapult corporate leaders to the forefront of ongoing ESG decision making, empowering them to act as informed, prepared catalysts for change.